1 Peter: Day

Longing for God

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Today's Text: 1 Peter 2:1-3, Psalm 42:1, 1 Corinthians 3:2

Text: 1 Peter 2:1-3, Psalm 42:1, 1 Corinthians 3:2

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.”  (Psalm 42:1)

You stumble out of bed at 2am to provide yet another feeding to a new baby, wailing for you. Whether you’re heating up a bottle or nursing, you’ve probably got the same bleary-eyed look as all new moms. And at least once in the next few months, the thought crosses your mind, “When will the desperate need for round the clock feedings stop and this little one will sleep for a while?”

Would you believe that God wants us to be that baby? He wants the wailing, the screams, the incessant longing to be held and rocked and fed.

When we read today’s scripture, we see that Peter encourages his readers to “crave spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation.” He relates us to a baby, knowing that newborns are completely dependent on their parents for nourishment.

In our lives, we need to get to a point where we cry out for our God and His word. Where we feel empty and alone if we stray from Him for long. As we study the Bible and commune with each other, there should be a greater need for that in our souls. If we allow our spiritual nourishment to cease or lack, the other things Peter mentions begin to creep in.

  • Malice
  • Deceit
  • Hypocrisy
  • Jealousy
  • Unkind speech

These become easier to fall back into as we stray further away. Sins feed on what we think we need instead of God, and, in return, it makes us sick. We wouldn’t give an infant a package of Cheetos and go back to sleep. Yet that’s so close to what we do to ourselves when we wander. God knows exactly what we need – down to our souls.

“I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.” (1 Corinthians 3:2, NIV)

The word of our Lord gives us life. We should crave it, long for it in our lives. Whether we face troubles or sorrow, joy and peace, it should turn us to scripture. Again and again. Praise God that He is always there waiting for us – never tired, never weary.

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  • T Thomas

    As I’m reading this morning my 2 yr old daughter is asleep in my lap I did breastfeed and she is weaned now on milk and solids She is growing and developing before our eyes Daily she is gaining a little independence and we are potty training now She at times will still want myself or my husband to hold her and rock her to sleep She is comforted being in our arms Since I’ve joined the SRT studies I have tasted the goodness of meditating on his Word daily I’m reading my Bible more My prayer life has gotten stronger And the Holy Spirit has comforted me and when I am praying and crying out and wailing it seems as if he will pull out something in my prayers or while reading a devotional or daily verse to answer my crying outs This day I ask that I never lose the craving of reading his Word and praying so that our relationship remains SOLID May I still want to be at His feet or crawl up into His lap like my daughter is resting peaceful and quiet right now Ino longer want to eat the foods of malice unkind speech bitterness jealousy selfish ambition that has made me sick and does everytime I partake of it have been dealing greatly with unkind speech being spoken toward me and Ive responded back by not confronting them but harboring anger in my heart and mind Like when someone mumbles under their breath Its sickening and isnt blessing my spirit at all Lord help me in this area I want to partake of the fruits of the spirit that will nourish me Spiritual milk

  • Ruth Marie

    It's amazing to me how we can read a familiar passage of scripture, but if we ask God, He will illuminate something entirely new and something we needed to see at this season of our lives. As I was reading this passage this evening, what God illuminated to me was verse 6, b part "..and he who believes on Him will by NO MEANS BE PUT TO SHAME". What freedom the Father offers us when He promises that for us the believers…no shame, for you no shame, for me no shame…ever never ever…no shame. So long as we are looking to our Cornerstone, we are covered in priestly robes and all shame is gone.

  • LaurenC_

    Great scripture readings, great devotional, and great comments from each and every SRT sister today. Not much more for me to add than, AMEN!

  • Madeline C.

    I’ve had a hard time lately getting into SRT and the Bible. I’m really glad I read today, it’s so relevant. I’ve just been feeling anxious and insecure. I know what I need to do is humble myself and cry out to God for help during this shaky time. And then be grateful for all he has blessed me with! I love reading everyone’s comments. You ladies are great!

  • Hello SRT sisters! I haven't written any comments for a couple of days, but I've been here reading along with you. Every time I opened a comment box to type, I fell silent. I have had no words to write. A lot of feelings coming up nonetheless as God has been speaking to my heart through His word. Sometimes words fall short in expressing what is in my heart. I'm simply taking it as it was not my time to speak, but to sit with the Lord and dine with Him alone.

    How appropriate to read about craving pure spiritual milk. I have been so busy lately and haven't missed reading the Word daily, but I have sooooo craved just sitting in His presence without rushing off to check off my list of to-do's.

    I have to thank you Diana for the analogy of feeding an infant a bag of cheetos. That's exactly what I have done by not taking care of the practical daily needs of my body lately. Like going to bed early enough, eating regular meals and drinking enough water, etc. I let life get in the way of some good habits.

    The quality of the time I spend with Jesus is impacted profoundly if my focus, concentration and energy levels are skewed. Instead of gulping down the milk of the Word, I feel like I'm just lapping up whatever trickles of truth my malnourished brain can absorb. The spirit is willing but the flesh (body) is weak.

    The last couple of days of just sitting with the Lord made me realize the type of quality time I want to spend with Jesus every day. It's so important to not just let time happen, but to be a good steward of my time. Time management is one of those "executive functions" that are affected by ADHD, so I'll need to lean extra hard on the Lord for this one. I would appreciate prayers while I reset some discipline in my life. Thanks sisters! Blessings!

    • LeahTvt

      Prayers, JuneBug! Even though I don’t have ADHD, I struggle MUCH with the time management thing. So, right there with ya on that one, sister!

    • Sue:)

      Junebug, asI read your post, the scripture came to me "Be Still, and Know that I Am God" Psalm 46:10.

      This has become my favorite scripture…I lean into it often. There is just so much knowledge packed into those 8 short words. Be blessed xx

    • LaurenC_

      Amen & praying for you JuneBug! Your words inspire me to reset some discipline in my life also.

  • jesusgirl71

    Praise God that He is always there waiting for us – never tired, never weary."

    thank you, Lord1 I hear of people saying how in love they are with god, how they long for Him! I want that! I want that so much1 I am feeling it more than I used to, but I want to feel it more! Please help me, Lord!

  • This is one of my all time favorite scripture verses…so much so I developed my entire blogging / writing ministry around it. God broke my heart one day as He shared with me a picture of Him PREPARING MEALS FOR ME DAILY, sitting at a table set for 2 (Him and me) and then showing me all the times I left Him sitting there alone.

    I always had great intentions of showing up for the 'reservation for 2', but would tell God I'd be there later, but had too much going on at the moment to sit with Him. I showed up for a meal or 2 each week (and some of those were a quick 'eat and run') , but the rest of the time I was filling my hungry soul with the junk of the world. I'd feel satisfied for the moment but would need more and more junk to stay 'full' as time went on. I wasn't even involved in outrageous sinful behavior and my 'junk food' wasn't even illegal…but definitely food of the world and not food of God.

    But I praise God daily that HE NEVER STOPPED SETTING THAT TABLE FOR 2…daily preparing for me the perfect meal for my soul, waiting for me to return to His table and taste again that He is good and to feel the power of living daily life with a well fed soul.

    Lord God, make this word fresh in my heart today. Give me a craving for Your word, Your will and Your presence. Forgive me Lord, for the times you have prepared a meal for me and I never showed up to share it with You. Thank you God that my reservation for 2 never expires and the meal is always fresh and prepared just for me. Thank you Lord for first loving me so much so that You desire to prepare a soul satisfying meal just for me. I am amazed and humbled at the thought of this. As I take this time with you today, let me fall deeper in love with You, increasing my craving for Your word , Your will and Your presence. Lord, give me eyes to see the things that keep me from coming to your table daily so that I may confess, repent and be healed of it. Use this scripture, Father, to remind me daily that You desire me to grow strong in my salvation, so that I may walk in Your will, to Your glory.

    I come to you in the name of my precious Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

    • Tami

      I guess I'm a little long winded today LOL…but as I continued to meditate on this word, asking God to give me a fresh view of it…
      I was impressed with verse 1 leading into 2-3.

      It says "rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. My thoughts turned to a conversation I'd had with my daughter the day before as she shared that her baby preferred nursing still over solid food. There are some things he will eat, but most things she said he turns his head away from and even throws them if really not interested. He is healthy and definitely growing BIG…so obviously he is getting the nutrition he needs.

      I couldn't help but think about how this is a great picture of what we are called to do as believers. NOT ONLY ARE WE TO CRAVE PURE SPIRITUAL MILK, AS I AM SO FOND OF WRITING ABOUT, BUT WE ARE TO RID OURSELVES OF ALL THAT IS NOT PURE SPIRITUAL MILK.

      Am I like my little grandson? Do I turn my head with great force and intentional disdain from all that this world wants to entice me to eat? Do I 'rid myself of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind' with the same demonstrative nature that my grandson throws his food?

      I'll be meditating on this thought today and asking God to show me what I need to RID myself of. Not just be aware of it but actually RID MYSELF OF IT!

      Lord God, I am humbled by Your word today as much as I am blessed by the knowledge that You prepare meals for me daily to strengthen my walk with You. Thank You for making me mindful of the things You still desire for me to be rid of. Thank You that the purging process gives me room for more of Your pure spiritual milk. Thank You for this deep love You have for me. Amen.

  • Love! Love! Love! Thanks for all the insights. God bless you girls!

  • I am always amazed when the Lord leads to me to an answer when I haven't even asked the question yet. This last year and half has been a struggle, job hunting, being turned down in just some really rude and hurtful ways. I have turned away from because he felt so faraway and I didn't feel his love or peace. Then today's study comes and wow, talk about a wake call.

    In our lives, we need to get to a point where we cry out for our God and His word. Where we feel empty and alone if we stray from Him for long.

    I guess we are all like toddlers trying to learn to walk, and when we think we have it figured out, we walk away. But then we fall and cry and for our Father who is always there with a loving hug. God is just so awesome.

    (sorry for babbling)

  • One more thing…

    "Sins feed on what we think we need instead of God, and, in return, it makes us sick".
    I was sick for a long time. I depended on other people, specifically men to make me happy and to fill that space that I longed to be filled. It doesn't work. It will never work. That space was made to be filled by our Father, the one who created us…the one who created our hearts and our desires. He knows what we need and what we desire for He made us!!

    So thankful for re-discovering God's love after wandering away years ago and thankful for this community of women. Each and every one of you inspire me!!

  • Craving "pure spiritual milk"…. Craving God. Longing for God. Soul Cravings.
    There was a time that I didn't crave God….I craved for everything else that was sinful. I craved….yearned for love…a deep love from somebody and I searched for that love from man. I searched over and over and over again and of course never found it. Then one day when I was lonely and scared I listened to Casting Crowns "Who Am I" and discovered God again. I discovered His unfailing love for me and started REALLY digging into His word everyday and worshipping Him everyday. The more I did it the more fullfilled I became and the more I wanted and NEEDED MORE!!! I needed more of that "spiritual milk". The hole that was in my soul that I longed to fill became filled. I know now that God IS all I need.

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    For some reason this devo made me think about Deuteronomy 6:7

    You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.(ESV)

    I think the reason this verse came to mind is that if we are doing what this verse says, teaching our children the Word, and talking about the Word with other people, and making it the first thing on our minds in the morning, we will long for the Word. And we will also grow and be able to handle more and more "solid food". Babies are precious but 30, 40, and 50 year old babies are problems!

    Stay strong Ladies! Much Grace

  • Good morning Ladies. This morning I woke up with this weight in my heart, and I realized that there was a spiritual lacking in my soul (have you ever had one of those days?). I could feel God calling, "Come, get closer to me", and I wanted to crawl right into His arms and let him fill me with His Spirit.

    So, you can imagine my surprise in reading this devo today. Yes Lord, clean house in me. Sweep out out all the malice, the jealousy and pretense. Just fill me with your pure love and kindness. (my phrasing on 1 Peter 2:1-3 Message). I know I am NOTHING without you. Teach me, show me your ways of wisdom; allow me to mature in you. In your name I pray, Amen

    Grace and blessings be yours today, Sisters of #Srt.

  • Peach, I feel exactly the same way. I started reading through His word every day about 3-4 months ago, and since then I've learned more and more that I cannot take even a single day off without his nourishment. The more I seek Him, the more I want to seek Him. All of humanity seeks things and wants more of that thing- like Monique, the first commenter described, we all can either feed our flesh or our spirit- and that will be what wins. Being a crazy last couple of days- my purse was stolen, including with my phone, keys, license, journal, glasses, etc- I've been tempted to let my heart wonder from simply wanting to know God more and seek His face. Pray for me, sisters, that through this stress, I would not lose sight of what God is doing in, through, and with me! I can already see the little pieces of good that this event has caused, and the ways it's connecting to everything else; pray that I'd remember those things. Have a wonderful day, you guys. :)

  • A PEACH IN ITALY

    After reading today's devotional this song immediately popped in my head. Thought I'd share it with you ladies. Always makes me so happy when I hear it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezZoW_3S3D4

    Oh yes, now that I pour into the word more, I can tell when I am skimping and missing God time…I get so off! All those things listed, jealousy, hypocrisy, anger…all of it manifests. At first I thought it would be okay just to skip a few days…no. It's a daily need, I have to connect with the Lord everyday, all day if possible or I starve.

    It's amazing that God wants us to be like that newborn baby. Sometimes I am, yet I am the silly baby who pushes the Lord away and tries to feed herself. Really starting to understand now that I can't do it without Him. Always a work in progress :)

  • Thank for for this wonderful post.

    It makes me think about how, even though we do "grow up" somewhat in our Christian walk (that's the hope!), we are always growing. There's always something new we can learn, and we never lose the need to crawl up into God's lap. Just like we say to our kids as they grow up, "You'll always be my little girl/boy."

    Thank you, Ibukun, for the link! I love it :)

  • Thank you Leenda324 :) Much more prefer this song running through my head for the rest of my morning over the one I couldn't get out lol. Loved today's devotion. It spoke greatly to me this morning. And all the wonderful comments have so lifted my heart! Have a blessed Friday ladies:))

  • Gosh, I just love the way Peter writes.

    Now that you have tasted the Lord's goodness – crave it!

    Isn't that how it is with God's Word. When you're in it, it's never enough. I always want more truth and more insight. But, if I step away. If I busy myself with other distractions – the cravings are not as intense. Stay out of the Word for too long and I don't crave it at all. That's why it's so important to spend time with Him daily and feed the habit! :) This is one addiction we want to keep.

    Love y'all! Happy Friday!

  • Leenda324

    Brought to mind the chorus of Matt Redman’s wonderful song “Upu Never Let Go”:

    Oh no, you never let go, through the calm and through the storm;
    Oh no, you never let go, in every high and every low;
    Oh no, you never let go,
    Lord you never let go of me.

    Amen.

  • If ever there was a day I need this message, it was today. It's been a very long week, with hard decisions requiring a lot of emotional fortitude and I'm exhausted, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I just wrote in my journal this morning that I wanted nothing more than to crawl up on Papa God's lap and put my head on his chest and listen to his heartbeat. T be a child is a wonderful thing… Filled with magic every day, new wonders to discover and always a parent there to sooth, cuddle and rescue when needed. I'm so thankful for a God that loves me like this, who wants me to run to him and waits to comfort me. Today I'm doing that and will rest in the reality of being a child who needs her Papa more than she admits on most days~

    • rocknitat55

      Oh ciscee I thought I was the only one who felt like sitting at his feet wasn’t
      Was not close enough. May you receive restoration this weekend in spirit as
      Well as body.

    • Candacejo

      Ciscee, made me think of the song, The More I Seek You by Kari Jobe, http://youtu.be/YIYuH66Jb4k

      The more I seek you,
      The more I find you
      The more I find you, the more I love you

      I wanna sit at your feet
      Drink from the cup in your hand.
      Lay back against you and breath, feel your heart beat
      This love is so deep, it's more than I can stand.
      I melt in your peace, it's overwhelming

      It's all going to be ok! :)

  • Elizabeth

    I really loved today's devo. My son is 2, so yeah, it hasn't been that long since we were doing seemingly all night feedings (add to it the fact that he has a metabolic disorder, which, put simply, meant that those all night feedings were a critical necessity, one that kept me living by a 4 hour alarm, 24/7, for a very. long. time.). How easy is it to start soaring away with God, and then begin to think that we are ready for the bread, we don't need the milk anymore. At this point in my life, I KNOW that I will always be needing God's spiritual milk. It took a lot for Him to break me to this point, and how broken I was. I never want to go back to looking to the world for my sustenance. It makes you feel fed for a time, but it doesn't last.

    So very thankful for this community. Have a great Friday ladies!

  • Thank you Ibuken for the Ann Voskamp blog. I have had her book for a couple years and turn to it every so often. Today reading her Sanity Manifesto has made me see what an infant I am…at 52. I have also been trying to be a loan sojourner …duh…God doesn't intend for us to travel alone…I am so thankful for this community as I am finding myself surrounded by wise women of God…thank you all for your insights and testimonies, praise God for His faithfulness.

  • rocknitat55

    Good morning sisters its a beautiful day in My Neighborhood, lol.

    I have always said that I believe God has a sence of humor. Nothing just happens.

    Reading this scripture really sobered me up this morning:

    1PE 2:1 KJV Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings.

    On yesterday my son, borrowed my van to go shopping for a car. Needless to say while he was looking he had a non moving accident with my passenger door. Ladies I was livid, I was angry at him, then I began to be even more angry at myself for being so angry. I love my son, he’s respectful and responsible but when it comes to minor infractions on your car he is king! He’s about to turn 28 so there have been a lot of dings. Anyway yesterday in the midst of his remorse I had to retreat to my bedroom to pray and to keep from speaking unkindly. After all I raised him to be respectful so its important that I don’t be disrespectful. So on last evening I spent time reading and commenting on your posts.

    Ladies I guess I am more mad at me and my response. Still wanting to be perfect.

    Should I have gotten that mad? I thought I had arrived, lol. Anyway, imagine when

    I read the scripture about refraining from evil thoughts, evil speech and hyprocricy.

    I knew this was for me a personal mandate from God. He knew I’d need this word today,

    as my son is expecting me to accompany him today when he purchases his car. I know it was an accident, and he was remorseful but it doesn’t help how I feel. I know forgiveness is a choice

    Peace is a choice. Guess I need to put on my Big Girl Clothes!

    Ladies I solicit your prayers for myself and my son. I know this is minor in the sceme of things but it would mean a lot. Thank you

  • My day is not the same without my devotions in the morning. Starting out with gratitude and praise makes my day. There are days when I've overslept and don't have time and my soul feels very empty like "is this all there is?" Then I realize what's missing….

    Father, help me never to be too busy to spend time with you throughout each day. Even when I spend time in the morning help me to be grateful all day. Help me to see your hand in my life and the lives of others. Help me to be aware of envy, slander, hypocrisy and deceit when it rears it's ugly head so that I may confess and be cleansed. And help me Lord to crave you and your Word…. Thank you. In Jesus name. Amen

  • Suzie Lind

    I love today's devotional. I have a baby sleeping in the next room and your words have brought these scriptures alive to me. I've always thought it's bad to just be on milk, we need to crave solid food. But now I see both are good and the craving of spiritual milk, the need to depend on God for our sustenance is so profoundly described by your words and of course His today. Thank you.

    • jesusgirl71

      I too always took it that way, that you want solid food and milk is bad and shows you are just not where you should be. glad for this devotion and for what you just said!

  • I'm inspired by today's devotional. God actually wants me to depend on Him and yet I continue to try to do it myself. I was struck with the analogy of a baby waking up in the middle of the night and the mother throwing a bag of Cheetos into the the crib. It made me smile and it makes the point of the devotional. I also thought of it as making the effort to hire a personal chef to feed me a healthy diet. I imagine I would eat healthy while he was there only to choose to eat junk food in between meals. Am i going to be healthy and thin doing that? of course not! Yet, I keep doing that spiritually. What should I expect, right? I do know one thing and that I won't stop trying. God's grace and mercy never fail.

    • Carolynmimi

      So good, Kathie…gotta watch what we eat between our GOD meals!!!

  • Carolynmimi, I love that! Spiritual milk is already flowing in anticipation of a hungry child! Lord, help us be hungry for You and not what the world is offering.

  • Ibuken I’m going to check out that blog, thanks! I looked up the definition of crave. It means to long for, want greatly, desire eagerly, to ask earnestly for; to beg for. This is how I want to cry out for my Father, Savior, Redeemer, JESUS! I want to drink a big glass of him all throughout the day just as I nourish my body with glasses of water all day long! Have a Fantastic Friday sisters!

  • Carolynmimi

    So touched by the scripture that I immediately wrote and have not yet read Diana's devotional or any comments. So unlike me, but the scripture alone pierced my heart.

    The "why" of it:  We have tasted, found, examined, experienced, and seen that The Lord is GOOD!  (NIV, NET, MSG, NIVUK, NCV)

    Not a one of us would be here at She Reads Truth, not a one of us would be seeking more of what God has for us, if we had never tasted, found, examined, experienced and seen the kindness and goodness of The Lord.

    So what does The Lord require of us?

    Clean house, get rid of anything that is cluttering up our lives, especially the stuff that is poisonous to ourselves and others,  the trash talk, the lying, the jealousy.  Dump it all in a jumbo sized trash bag and lug it out to be burned.

    Then latch on to God!  Like a newborn hungry not only for mother's milk, but for the skin to skin intimacy, latch on to God and drink until you thirst no more.

    As one who breastfed three children, I remember the sound of my infant stirring in the crib, waking to eat, I remember feeling the milk come down and begin to flow even before I could reach out and pull him to my breast.  

    That I think is how it is with God.  The spiritual milk is there, already flowing in anticipation of feeding a hungry child…all we have to do is be empty and receive.

    Blessings on this Friday!

  • Ruth Rouchard

    Suffice to say that nobody begins with a craving. It begins with a decision to partake of a thing. And partake again, and partake again. Then! As Peter brings out in verse 3, we begin to taste the graciousness of God and the fruit of the Word sown …suddenly we begin to crave and long for it. So if you find yourselves not necessarily “craving” God’s word at first, don’t be discouraged! Partake of it anyway! Like that first medicine going down hard, and it won’t be long you will begin to sense the nourishment that it offers, and your desires will shift from simply partaking of the Word to craving it. Thanks be to God.

    • Carolynmimi

      Kind of like I had to develop a taste for coffee and now I crave it…Love the way you put it.

      • jesusgirl71

        Oo Carolynmimi1 I like that! That is a good analogy. i had to do the same thing with coffee so I can really relate to that one!

    • Diana

      Great way to put it… thanks

    • Rhonda

      You are so right Ruth! I remember when God first put it on my heart that it was time for me to truly dive into His word. For a bit of time I found it so frustrating! I couldn't understand anything I was reading:/ But I kept coming back day in and day out and though I don't always have a full understanding it is so much more enjoyable and I have an earnest craving for more and more!! To go a day without actively seeking to know God more is a very unfulfilled, something's lacking kind of day.

    • jesusgirl71

      Oo how insightful! It begins as a decision. I like that! need to remember this and to make the decision so the craving can start.

    • Melinda

      Great insight Ruth! You are right on. Thanks for this!

    • LaurenC_

      Good stuff!

  • “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.” (Psalm 42:1)

    This verse has shown up to me again & again & again this year! I have to admit, when I first read it/heard it, it struck me as…hmmm…well, kind of weird. Just the visual that it created in my mind…didn’t seem very, I don’t know…spiritual, or godly, or something. Anyway, I get it now. Sometimes–well, actually most of the time–I’m a slow learner. So thankful God is patient! Thankful that he’s been drawing me to him more and more.

    And thanks, Melinda, for the visual of guzzling a big ol’ glass of (spiritual) milk. Love it!

    Have a blessed Friday, sisters!

  • Candacejo

    "Sins feed on what we THINK we need instead of God, and, in return, it makes us sick." How many times have we found THAT to be true?

    The children of Israel did that when wandering in the wilderness. They griped and complained that they didn't have any MEAT. The LORD was supplying them fresh manna from heaven every morning! All they had to do was go out their door and gather enough for their household! It was as sweet as honey! They baked cakes out of it and it sustained them.

    But it wasn't enough,,,they longed for the food they had in Egypt and complained to Moses day after day until God was angry. The Bible says, "and He gave them their request…but sent leanness to their soul…" Psalm 106:15.

    So sure enough the Lord sent a wind that brought quail from the sea and let them fall all around the camp! For miles in every direction the Bible says there were quail flying three feet above the ground! The people were so excited they went out and caught quail all that day and night and all the next day too. No one gathered less than 50 bushels of quail!

    Now here is the sad part: They spread the quail all around the camp to dry. “But while they were gorging themselves on the meat–while it was still in their mouths–the anger of the Lord blazed against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague. So that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah (which means “graves of gluttony”) because there they buried the people who had craved meat from Egypt.” Number 11:32-34 NLT.

    While it was still in their mouths! This lesson is so sensitive today to the Word! We must desire the things of God, the sincere milk of the Word, not start craving the things of the WORLD again that will make us SICK! Things that can cause leanness in our souls.

    "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:36.

    Blessings on a wonderful Friday!

    • Carolynmimi

      Wow! I had forgotten the whole of that story. Graves of gluttony…imagery is overwhelming.

    • Diana

      Thank you for that insight Candacejo.

    • eradical84 (EllenMR)

      Thanks Candacejo! This is really interesting. I haven't read about this but I'm curious now! That is just one reason I love your posts, you bring so much to this community- please don't ever think you're annoying!! It broke my heart when I read your comment yesterday, you are valued and loved Lady!! XOXO :)

  • "God knows exactly what we need -down to our souls." Thank you for giving me what I need Lord. I long to be your faithful daughter. I long to be "filled-up" by your Spirit.

  • amykelly213

    Good morning all of you!! I love my sisters and the insights each of you bring! I am doing two studies right now: this one and the SRT proverbs study preparing for Sunday school lessons. Can I just say that both have me craving the Word!! I am full!! Each day takes several journal pages just to write what God is speaking to me through His Word and through your insights.

    Ibukun, thanks for the link! I am going to check that out and join in it with you!! Monique, thank you for your connections!! I have notes from you all over my margin these days!! Love you!!! Melinda and Cynthia, I look forward to seeing you each morning! You both mean so much to me!! Thanks for your words this morning! A great way to start my day!!!

  • monique(forgiven)

    Good morning ibuken,melinda,and cynthia:-) I pray you all have a blessed day even though its raining here in the east coast lol. But I’m glad we can all pull from each others insights! Melinda I’m learning how to crave Gods word more each day. Ibuken I have looked at the site and I want to try it! And yes cynthia God gives us what we need when He knows we need it!what an awesome God we have and I’m learning to depend on Him more and more because depnding on Jesus is way better and it builds faith. Depending on myself I will fail,but with God I will never fail:-) be blessed!

  • Good morning. Here on the east-coast of USA and God seems to have me back on our old devotional schedule recently.

    Thanking God that He gives us just what we need when we need it and nit what WE think we need!

    Well said Monique (Forgiven)! Hi Ibukun, thanks for the link it truly blessed. Melinda thanks for the mental image; I’ll make sure I have a glass today. Hope everyone has a blessed day.

  • Wow! Each morning i often do my first read through of the scripture and sometimes the devotional and think, ok that was goog, i've ehard it all before so no big new revelation. Theni reread, and prayfor my heart and ears to be opened. I journal the scripture, i read the passages from different versions and then it's like the floodgates open up and my heart and mind are filled! Thank you Father!

    This morning what was rvealed to me is that i haven't fully digested this passage before. I realized that i have had it in my head that i ought to. Be like the preschoolers who waltz in my classrroom door each morning and with a quick kiss, a wave and a 'bye mom' (sometimes these even need reminders to be given) they are off independently for their day. How freeing it is to know that we don't need to be so strong. God wants us craving His arms, his attention. He wants me to lean into Him. He wants me to wwake Him up from much needed rest. O.k.maybe God doesn't need rest, but you know.

    I still have much of the exact evils described in my life. I pray that i will be rid, be done and just stop it all as i crave and guzzle the pure and unadulterated milk, my Father has for me. I need this nourishment. I have tasted it and it IS GOOD! Fill me up LORD!

    May each of you guzzle a great bick glass of pure and unadulterated spiritual milk this morning. Have a great day. You all are amazing! I am just living this coominity! So thankful!

    • Ibukun

      Thank you for sharing and thank YOU for being here! We love you!

    • Candacejo

      Wonderful insight Melinda! And I accidentally hit the wrong button again! I need to make things bigger on my iPad before I hit the LIKE buttons :( sorry! They a too close together! Loved the analogy of the preschoolers!

    • Stacy

      I am the same way. Often, I read it and do not have any insights. But, I have learned to ponder. I have learned, like Mary (Luke 2:19) to hold His Word in my heart and meditate on it. Then, almost without fail, He reveals something I did not see before.

  • So I got this idea from Ann Voskamp’s blog. I use a Sanity Manifesto and at specific times during my day, on the clock, I take time to pray or read Scripture. It pulls me away from my hectic schedule sometimes and to be honest, most times I need the “distraction”.

    Though it was pretty mechanical at first. I started asking myself whenever my alarm went off, “Ughhh do I have to this soo many times?” Or “Am I starting to overdo this?” But really “overdoing” prayer and God’s Word helps us to crave it. So when a day passes and we haven’t prayed at specific times, we start to miss it. Hope this helps. Found the link http://www.aholyexperience.com/2013/01/life-plan-

    • Melinda

      Love the idea, thanks for sharing!

    • LeahTvt

      Thanks for sharing this, Ibukun! Love Ann Voskamp’s blog!.

    • A PEACH IN ITALY

      This is great! Thank you so much for this!

    • Pam

      Thanks for the link!!!

      "overdoing" prayer and God's Word helps us to crave it. LOVE what you said here and so true!!! I know that some people probably thing that I "overdo" reading my Bible, studying devotionals, etc. but I love it and it does keep me craving HIM daily!

    • Sue:)

      I love this! I have come to realize that the direction to 'pray constantly' is what keeps my walk with God fresh and exciting. I'm going to try this today. Thank you Ibukun.

    • JuneBug

      I have her Sanity Manifesto framed on my desk beside my computer. Every morning, I light my candle next to the framed Manifesto (as a reminder) and spend time reading my SRT portion, pray and journal before going on with my day. It's a beautiful thing to have a structure to focus on.

    • jesusgirl71

      Oo this is a wonderful idea! think I want ot try this.

    • jesusgirl71

      I tried to go to this site to read about this plan, but it started playing music and totally crashed my Internet Explorer with my screen reader program. I think part of the problem was windows had just updated me to version 10, and I am back to 9 now, but I am afraid to take a chance. Can someone send me the info about the plan maybe? you can comment or send to: [email protected] thanks. I think this would be so life-changing to try.

    • eradical84 (EllenMR)

      Ibukun, you rock!! This is really an awesome idea, thanks for the link sweet girl! ;)

    • LaurenC_

      Fantastic! Thank you for sharing the link!

    • Heather

      I actually love this idea!! I'm having a really hard time with my prayer life, so I think having specific periods where I pray throughout the day will help me with this specific problem I'm having. Thank you for sharing!!

      And I don't think you can ever "overdo" prayer and reading God's word…it just makes us want more and more and more! (well that's how it is for me anyway!).

  • monique(forgiven)

    Powerful word this morning. This is so encouraging. We need the word of God to feed our spiritual man. Gods word delivers us from our carnal ways. I once read in a book”there are two things inside of me,one I love and the other I hate,one I feed and one I starve,which ever one I decide to feed this is the one that will dominate me”(paraphrasing) this is like our spiritual man and flesh. If we feed into our flesh with our carnal thinking and the junk of the world then this is the one that will have power over us & our spiritual man will be starving for nourishment. But when we feed our spiritualman with the milk of the Word then our spirit will increase and our flesh will continue to die.I am guilty of this of giving into the carnal mindset and ways. But because of our loving savior He is teaching me to always depend on Him for daily nourishment.once I continue on milk eventually that’s when the meat will come. All in Gods time because I’m still learning the basics through trial and error. Sisters pray for me as I pray for you that we all can continue to feed our spirit with the fresh milk of the Word and always walk abiding in our faithful father:-) have a fun,fearless,faithful,Friday sisters!:)

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